Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Can Chiropractic Help Broken Bones?
People who have suffered an injury in which they fractured a bone, will often say something such as, “I broke my wrist so chiropractic can’t help me.”  However in actuality the exact opposite is often the case.
While it’s true that chiropractors don’t adjust fractures, it is vitally important to have the nearby joints checked for misalignments.  If a trauma was significant enough to break a bone, that means there was more than enough force to cause misalignments at its neighboring joints.
Forearm Fracture
For example, let’s assume that you fell and used your hand to brace your fall, and as a result you broke your forearm.  In addition to the fractured forearm, you will also likely have suffered a misalignment at the wrist, elbow and possibly even the shoulder.

Of course the immediate treatment should be to stabilize the fracture and have it casted or braced appropriately by a medical expert; however, as soon as the healing process permits you should have the wrist, elbow and shoulder joints checked for misalignments.  It’s even possible that such a fall could cause injury or misalignments in spine as well.
It’s interesting that many patients will normally seek chiropractic care immediately following an injury that didn’t involve a broken bone, but wait several months before getting adjusted if the injury involved a fracture.
You should rest assured that it is completely safe to be checked and adjusted shortly after having suffered a fracture.  While we may not be able to adjust the actual bone that broke if that fracture hasn’t yet fused, but we would most likely be able to address the adjacent areas.
Every case is unique as to whether or not we would be able to adjust the area adjacent to the fractured bone.  In the unfortunate event of an injury that results in a fracture, we recommend that you schedule to have an examination here at this clinic to rule out potential misalignment problems, and to determine your options in having those misalignments corrected.
***Disclaimer: This content is solely for informational purposes and should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. It is recommended that you seek professional advice by a licensed health care professional.

Scott Chiropractic and Wellness
Matthew Scott, DC 
5080 Virginia Pkwy Ste 550
McKinney, TX 75071

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